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Welcome to the Booth Library manuscript index. 

The manuscript index contains links to finding aids for the collections of the Booth Library.  Each finding aid has a description of that collection along with a listing of the items within that collection.  The Booth Library staff and volunteers are updating the index daily in order to make your research experience more productive.

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Date Updated:
Collection Title:CL 14 Breesport County HomeCreator:Booth Library
Processed By:Kimberly Richards
Date Completed:May 24, 2007
March 3, 2008
Provenance:The Breesort County Home Collection was donated to the Booth Library by Thomas Santulli in 2007. 
Terms:Aged--Government policy; Aged--Health and hygiene; Aged--Institutional care; Aged--Services for; Chemung County (N.Y.); Old age homes

The Breesport County Home began in 1837 when the Board of Supervisors purchased 178  acres of land in the town of Breesport to be used as a home for vagrants and orphans.  In 1868, it was re-designated as a home for the aged and infirm.  Since then there have been various additions to the original property to meet the institution's growing needs.  The infirmary came first in 1888 and was later expanded in 1913.  In 1902, an administrative building was constructed and, in 1933, a two-story brick hospital wing was built. 

During the 20th century, the Home's population began to steadily rise until 1958, when it had reached its saturation point.  At this point, the Council of Community Services Nursing Home Study Committee began to urge the construction of an entirely new facility.  In 1960, a Health Planning Committee was established to look into the proposal and in July 1971, the Breeseport County Home was closed and its residence transferred to the new, fully modern, facilities in Heritage Park. 

Scope:The Breesport County Home Collection contains administrative documents, correspondence and articles relating to the Home.  These items range in date from 1940 to 1972, with the bulk of the collection dating from the 1960's.  The earlier parts of the collection focus primarily on the day to day administrative needs of the Home, while later sections concern the County's need for a newer facility. 


Extent:1 linear foot
Date Span:1940-1972

The Breesport County Home Collection contains administrative documents, letters and articles regarding the County Home and Infirmary, including information on the construction of the Heritage Park.

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Dr. James R. Cargill, dated February 28, 1950 regarding pasturizing milk.LetterA1001
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to Tracy J. Bushnell, Supt. Maintenance & Construction, dated March 23, 1950 regarding repairs and construction at the County Farm. Attached is an interoffice memo regarding what needs to be repaired.LetterA1002
Memo to Herman Dunbar, no date, respectfully requesting work to be done at the County Farm if funds are available.MemoA1003
Memo from A. Lyman Wright to Tracy J. Bushnell, dated September 7, 1949 regarding the water softener.MemoA1004
Letter from Ralph D. Court, Town of Southport, to A. Lyman Wright dated June 8, 1950 regarding farm conditions.LetterA1005
Letter from A. Lyman Wright to S. C. Bradley, Mansfield Exterminating Service dated June 26, 1950 regarding cockroaches. Attached is a memo from A. Lyman Wright to John A. Saunders dated June 6, 1950 regarding Insect Extermination.LetterA1006
Letter from George T. McGowan, Treasury Department to the Chemung County Home and Hospital dated June 1, 1950 regarding the name, title and official address " of the person or officer in your institution claiming exemption from registration and tax under the Act of December 17, 1914, as amended, the Harrison Narcotic Law."LetterA1007
Letter from Thomas Bowlby, Chemung County Clerk to to the Collector of Internal Revenue dated June 3, 1950 certifying that A. Lyman Wright and John A. Saunders are authorized to purchase narcotic drugs for the Chemung County Home and Hospital.LetterA1008
From A. Lyman Wright to John A. Saunders dated June 6, 1950 regarding the Narcotics Form.MemoA1009
Form 713, Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service, Revised March 1939: "Inventory of Opium, Coca Leaves, Mariguana, Etc" for the Chemung County Home dated June 3, 1950.FormA1010
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